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Meet Our Team

The specialists at the BreastCare Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are highly trained in their areas of expertise. Under the leadership of breast disease experts Michael Wertheimer, MD, Co-Director of the BreastCare Center and Chief of Breast Surgery, and Tejas S. Mehta, MD, Co-Director of the BreastCare Center and Chief of Breast Imaging, we ensure each patient’s experience here is as easy as possible.

Our multidisciplinary clinics make it convenient for patients to see several team members at once. While emphasizing the unique needs of each patient, we collaborate and consult each other to determine the best treatment plan, and take the time to address all questions and concerns patients and their families may have.

Breast Surgery

Surgeons

Nurse Practitioners

  • Kristin Fleischmann-Rose, APN, NP
  • Jennifer Ford, ANP-BC, WHNP-BC, MS, RN
  • Zinat J. Nassirzadeh, RN, MS, WHNP-BC

Social Worker

  • Barbara Clivio, PhD, LICSW

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Breast Imagers (Radiologists and Technologists)

Radiologists

Breast Imaging Fellows

Radiology Technologists & Support Staff

Many of our highly trained technologists have worked in Breast Imaging at BIDMC for a long time and are well acquainted with our patients. We know some patients are more comfortable when seeing a familiar face for their breast screenings, so we welcome (and will make every effort to accommodate) requests for a specific technologist when scheduling your annual mammogram.

  • Dorothy Sands,
    Senior Technologist
  • Judith Adams
  • Vicki Chase
  • Elizabeth Cretel
  • Gina Donaher
  • Karen Dowie
  • Juline Horan
  • Deborah Humphries
  • Irene Levine
  • Constance Mulcahy
  • Elena Shimonov
  • Cynthia Smith
  • Janet Vaidya
  • Olga Augustus, Clinical Manager
  • Elena Morozov, Mammography Coordinator
  • Rosemarie Stanley, Technical Assistant

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Medical Oncologists

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Radiation Oncologists

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Breast Pathologists

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Plastic Surgeons

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Medical Breast Disease/Survivorship

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Oncology Nurses and Nurse Practitioners

In our BreastCare Center, licensed registered nurses, oncology nurses, and nurse practitioners provide specialized and compassionate care. Some of our nurses are oncology certified nurses (OCN), or advanced oncology certified nurse practitioners (AOCNP). Responsibilities vary depending upon experience, education, and advanced certifications. Depending on their training, nurses can help coordinate care, conduct research, perform physical exams and other procedures, prescribe medication, and give and order chemotherapy. All of our nursing professionals work closely with you and your family to help you learn more about your diagnosis, the tests you will have and any necessary preparations, the procedure or operation you will need, your recovery period, medications, and returning home.

  • Barbara Anderson, RN
  • Jennifer Birmingham, RN
  • Lauren E. Czapla, RN, MSN
  • Carla P. DuPont, PA-C
  • Nancy France, RN
  • Elizabeth O'Reilly, NP
  • Carol Pilgrim, MSN, APRN-BC, AOCN
  • Donna Quinn, RN, BSN, CWOCN
  • Heidi Schulz Casassa, RN, BSN, OCN
  • Beth Stamos, RN, BSN
  • Madelyn Capano Stout, RN, BSN

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Oncology Social Workers

Oncology social workers are licensed professionals who specialize in caring for those with breast and other cancers. We offer counseling, support groups, educational programs, and services that can help with everything from financial and transportation concerns to learning how to talk to your children, cope with your emotions, and live with cancer. We seek to empower you and your family, and to reduce your stress through all phases of your cancer treatment. Our goal is to help you maximize your health and health care.

  • Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, OSW-C, Manager, Oncology Social Work
  • Frank McCaffrey, LICSW, OSW-C
  • Laura Brigham, BS

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Cancer Risk Genetic Counselors

Our genetic counselors provide you with information about your risk of inheriting cancer, the risks and benefits of genetic testing, how you can reduce the chance of developing related cancers in the future, and how you can increase the chance of early detection.

Medical Oncologist

Licensed Genetic Counselors

  • Jill Krejdovsky, MS, CGC
  • Kim Ranieri DeLeonardis, MS, CGC, LGC
  • Kristin Sedgwick, MS, CGC, LGC
  • Susan Thompson, MS, CGC

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Cancer Patient Navigators

Our patient navigator program helps simplify the health care system for patients with cancer who speak little or no English. Patient navigators are compassionate guides who will accompany you and provide help and support from diagnosis through treatment. The patient navigator may share your cultural background and language. The trust that builds between you and your navigator can help you feel secure enough to build your own relationships with caregivers. Patient navigators help coordinate physician appointments and treatment, while also handling all related details, including:

  • Transportation to appointments
  • Arranging for interpreters
  • Explaining and translating written materials
  • Assisting with applications for entitlement services such as SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and food stamps
  • Helping with community-based services such as homemaking and legal services

Our patient navigators include:

  • Ana Marin
  • Christina Ho

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Rehabilitation Specialists

Patients with cancer can have many different medical conditions that often result in muscle weakness, decreased endurance, and loss of balance and mobility. Our physical therapists can help you return to your highest level of independence. If you have had a mastectomy (surgical breast removal), we can help you regain your strength.

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Contact Information

BreastCare Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Shapiro Building, Floor 5
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-667-2900
Fax: 617-667-9711

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